November 12, 1968 - Cow Palace Battle Royal - San Francisco, CA

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew (Gene Anderson and Ole Anderson) defeated Assassin #1 and Assassin #2 when O. Anderson defeated Assassin #1 by disqualification in 0:17:51.
Rating: ** 1/2
(The Minnesota Wrecking Crew retained the GCW World Tag Team Titles.)

The Minnesota Wrecking Crew put the World Tag Team Titles on the line here in San Francisco as they were challenged by the Assassins, who come from the NWA Vancouver promotion. Both of the teams have a similar rugged style and are prone to bending the rules, a trait which cost the challengers. One of the Assassins slipped a foreign object into his mask and hit Ole Anderson with a headbutt and got the 1-2-3, and we thought for a moment we had new tag team champions. However, Gene Anderson intervened, knocking the Assassin down and pulling out the foreign object from his mask. The referee saw this and reversed the decision, giving the win to the champions by disqualification.

Bobo Brazil pinned Rocky Johnson with the Coco Butt in 0:13:47.
Rating: * 1/4
(Bobo Brazil retained the GCW World Title.)

Rocky Johnson was the man picked to challenge Bobo Brazil for the World Title tonight on the reasoning that he won the Cow Palace Battle Royal last year. Johnson knew this was a big opportunity and he didn't take it lightly, not letting his respect for Brazil slow him down in the least. Johnson had the edge in the speed department and tried to keep his distance from the rugged champ, but once Brazil got a hold of him, that was the ball game. Brazil's Coco Butt secured him another successful title defense. In a great show of respect, Brazil & Johnson shook hands after the match.

[COW PALACE BATTLE ROYAL]: 25-Man Battle Royal:
Peter Maivia won a 25-man Battle Royal:
x Crusher threw out B. Sammartino after a lariat in 0:02:51
x T. Funk threw out Jack Brisco in 0:03:49
x Blassie threw out R. Stevens in 0:04:51
x L. Graham threw out Rivera in 0:05:57
x Morales threw out Ernie Ladd after a double-axhandle chop in 0:06:16
x D. Funk Jr. threw out Crusher in 0:07:21
x Bruiser threw out Morales in 0:08:39
x Wahoo threw out Jerry Brisco after a front facelock in 0:09:26
x Iaukea threw out Gomez after an elbowsmash in 0:11:04
x Kiniski threw out L. Graham in 0:13:42
x D. Funk Jr. threw out Bruiser after a vertical suplex in 0:15:25
x Lothario threw out Iaukea after a duck-down move in 0:17:47
x Saito threw out Wahoo after the Saito Suplex in 0:20:14
x Strongbow threw out Blassie in 0:22:40
x Monsoon threw out Bockwinkel in 0:22:46
x D. Funk Jr. threw out J. Valentine in 0:24:26
x Saito threw out Patterson in 0:27:12
x Lothario threw out Saito in 0:29:25
x Strongbow threw out Monsoon after a double-axhandle chop in 0:30:14
x Strongbow threw out T. Funk in 0:33:58
x Strongbow threw out D. Funk Jr. in 0:34:09
x Lothario threw out Kiniski in 0:37:17
x Lothario threw out Strongbow in 0:38:44
x Maivia threw out Lothario in 0:41:27
Rating: **** 1/2

The second annual Cow Palace Battle Royal is in the books, and the winner of the trophy and the $10,000 prize is Peter Maivia. The High Chief outlasted 24 other men to win, even though he only eliminated one man - Jose Lothario. High points of the match saw former World champion Bruno Sammartino enter the match and in a huge shock, be the first man eliminated. Chief Jay Strongbow also wrestled a great match, eliminating four men (including both of the Funk Brothers). The fans definitely got their money's worth in this great battle royal to end a great night. Congratulations to the High Chief!

Card rating: *** 1/4

Match observations:

With just two more shows left in 1968, action in GCW is going to get hot and heavy, starting on November 30th in Charlotte, North Carolina!

UNITED STATES TITLE - Chief Jay Strongbow (c) vs. Ernie Ladd
TAG TEAM ROUND ROBIN TOURNAMENT, INCLUDING: The Funk Brothers, The Brisco Brothers, The Blond Bombers, Dick the Bruiser & The Crusher
Pedro Morales vs. Nick Bockwinkel

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